Galatians 6:2 (NRSV) says, "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Each of us has a burden - anxieties, traumas, trials and fears. Whatever the weight of the burden or the degree of trauma, the call remains the same: We are to bear with each other. Those who accomplish great things and even small everyday things are not those without fear, but are those who move forward in courage despite their fears.
Courage is defined as "strength of mind to carry on in spite of danger or difficulty," but I believe it means much more than that. Courage is standing up for what you believe in, even if you are ridiculed. Courage is risking your reputation to help someone in need. Courage is going against the crowd, saying no to something you believe is wrong. Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you.
If you can pray and heal someone of their trouble - Great! If you can produce the right words or the best Bible verses - Great! But before either of these, you must show up. Be present with your hurting friend and they won't be alone in their fear or pain. Perhaps one of the most loving and courageous things you can do is to walk with somebody on the trails of their trauma and to point out the birds and the sunshine.
Ask your child...
How does your life reflect true courage?
Challenge your child...
To look their fear in the face and ask why they are afraid of doing that or this and try to figure it out.
God, today I am afraid of ____________. Give me courage and strength to ___________. Thank you for being with me always. Amen.